Transavia dismisses Luton in favour of Gatwick

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Dutch carrier Transavia is to switch its London-Rotterdam service to Gatwick Airport, after London Luton "failed to live up to expectations", according to the airline.

The Gatwick-Rotterdam service will commence on November 2. There will be twice daily service on weekdays and one flight per day on weekends. The route will be served by a 737-700 with a single-class, 149-seat cabin.

The Luton-Rotterdam service had been expected to perform better in terms of both passenger numbers and average yield, says a Transavia spokesperson. "From a UK perspective, Luton struggles to be regarded as an acceptable alternative to Heathrow, Gatwick and, somewhat, Stansted," he adds.

Transavia says it has wanted to return to Gatwick "for years", having last used the airport a decade ago, but has until now been thwarted by restricted slot availability.

"Gatwick is a bigger airport [than Luton] with better transportation facilities to London," says a spokesperson.